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CSPAN
Nov 25, 2012 10:00am EST
this conversation about entitlements, medicare, social security was not really part of the conversation at the white house. is that true, and are you concerned? >> we join together in making the case in a paid ad and then doing briefs for action. as a group, we said the priorities would be to reform taxes and invest in job creation, and the cuts to medicare, medicaid and social security occurred last summer to the tune of 1.7 trillion dollars. now's the time to imagine how we grow the economy, to help feed the economic recovery, and that growth will help reduce the debt. the conversation with the president was about that bigger frame, and how we think about it. and then imagining the suffering that everybody is seeing all across this country, how can we restore the american middle class if we continue to cut programs that support people staying either in the middle class or not falling from it. >> do you believe some form of entitlement reform has to be part of a "grand bargain," a large down payment of paying down the debt? >> i reject the notion of entitlement. i think these are guaranteed social
CSPAN
Nov 24, 2012 7:00am EST
for seniors. guest: first, the $716 billion worth of cuts from medicare. senior citizens, they like to say they have paid into the system all in their adult life. but the fact is, you cut $716 billion out of medicare, you add a 30 million new customers, you have 10,000 baby boomers retire in daily. the numbers do add up. i think senior is backedin 2009, senior citizens were opposed to the bill back then. people were talking about who had read it and who had not read it. the speaker of the house of the times said, we have to pass it to see what is in it. i think seniors were the only ones to read it. this of the cuts on the horizon. i think we're going to start seeing rationing if we are not already. host: in a news release put out by the 60 plus association after the election, you are quoted as saying -- talk to me about the plans. what is it you want to do in the days of the lame-duck part of congress. is there anything you can do? will you be lobbying members of congress, some of whom may not of backedin january? guest: besides health care, you touched on a couple of things. energy indep
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 6:00am EST
. medicare is in more immediate danger. we want to save these programs and i understand the dilemma that the president and thethey don't want to change anything. well, times change. and until we make sure these popular entitlement programs fit the demographics of the changingit's simple math. what we have lacked so far is the political courage to do what needs to be done. look, i'm not happy about divided government. i would rather have a republican president, republican senate and republic house. good things about divided government, it's the best time to do really hard stuff and i'll give you four good examples. did the comprehensive tax reform. clinton, welfare reform and balanced the budget for multiple years in the late 1990's. this is the perfect time to solve single biggest problem confronting our country and we are anxious to sit down and get the job done. \[inaudible question] >> dick durbin says as talks continue on of this booklet democrats must be open to painful topics, including medicare and medicaid. he was at the center for american progress for about 45 minutes. >>
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 8:00pm EST
about this compromise and where we are. mr. speaker, saving social security and medicare is a priority that i believe both political parties share, contrary to much of what has been put out there. it is something to address in this measure. we are going to be able to save social security and medicare. creating jobs -- democrats and republicans talk about that. how is it that we will be able to do that? getting our fiscal house in order is a very important step in our quest to ensure that the people who are hurting and looking for jobs will have an opportunity to get them. sending a positive signal to the global markets that we are the world's economic, military, and deal political leader by increasing the debt ceiling, we are sending a positive signal that we will continue meeting our obligations and responsibility. at the same time, dramatically reducing spending, the problem that has gotten us to this point, is what we're doing for the first time ever. after 75 times increase in the debt ceiling, we are finally getting to the root cause. the problem is our debt. we are going to turn
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 10:00am EST
on and the fiscal cliff. we have been working on ways to help medicare savings plans and we will address taxes, but we are ecstatic to have senator durbin here today. he has played such a central role over the last several years and he has literally been part of every conversation that has taken place and he is still here. that is a sign of progress. senator durbin has had a long history of being an advocate for the middle class and he has carried that advocacy in the budget negotiations. he was part of the supercommittee. he was in the fiscal gain of eight, every day involved in these issues. -- gang of eight and every gang involved. stands true for the values of the american people and those people who waited in line to vote in people who voted to want a fair shake out of washington. as a champion of that, and i'm excited to have senator durbin here with us. [applause] >> neera, thank you for those kind words. it's good to see you and be here at the center of american progress. thank you for all the work you do. elections, as you say, have consequences and politics is driven by a lot of thin
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 1:00am EST
choices to the american people in two areas, jobs and medicare. house republicans made a decision. they were willing to close down the government, but they have not produced one single bill to open up small business in this country, not one to create jobs in this country. house republicans made a decision. they made a decision 20 years ago when they said they would allow medicare to wither on a vine. a fight that battle relentlessly everything -- every single day. trying to pass a ryan budget which would add $6,000 for metal costs -- medical costs for senior citizens. they made the decision going into the debate on the debt ceiling that they would rather close down the government. we are calling this accountability august. the american people are going to ask their republican members of congress everywhere they go, why did you vote to end by medicare? you could have stood with me, why did you stand with the big oil companies? when you could have protected my medicare, why did you protect corporate tax loopholes. i do not know what the -- loopholes? i do not know, but i am predicti
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 1:00am EST
he calls painful topics, including medicare and medicaid. he was at the center for american progress for about 45 minutes. >> good morning, everyone. thank you for being here. i am the president of the center for american progress. we are thrilled to have senator durbin here today to talk about his views on the fiscal cliff. as we engage in this debate, i wanted to lay out a few principles that are critical as washington becomes obsessed with this set of issues. the elections have consequences. at c.a.p., we have argued that the issues that are really framing the fiscal debate and fiscal cliff were ones that were litigated in the election context. the president did not have one set of conversations before november and a second set now. there was a thread going through the debate that the country was having and that thread was around having a balanced plan to address america's fiscal challenges. there are serious fiscal challenges that we do need long term -- deficit reduction -- that is important to america's credibility. it is important for america's economy and economic growth. tha
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 7:00am EST
. you need structure readjustment with the entitlements, also, with social security, medicare, medicaid, also, and, also, the tax reform. the republicans have talked about revenue coming in from growth jobs and getting the economy going. when you get the economy going, you get more money coming into the irs and treasury/ when more americans are at work, they are paying. i don't believe it -- it is , woodymr. norquist said, it is a pledge to the people. some of those senators wanting to raise -- wanting not to raise taxes, that pledge, they knew what would happen to them, they would get run out of state. first i want to see president obama's cards on the table. host: jerry is up next in st. charles, missouri. good morning. caller: one of the things i would like to talk about is the waste in government. i see it continuously in ads on. on a completely off as far as a meter for your diabetes. they say it is free. you have to watch the price. the waste in government has been going on a longtime. why did they not attack it the last 20 years? the waste has been there forever. god bless repres
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 8:00pm EST
are excited. there has been a lot of work on the fiscal cliff. we have talked about medicare savings that can strengthen the program and address rising national health expenditures. we will have more to say on the issue of texas. we are ecstatic to have senator dourban here today, who has played a fundamental role over the last several years. he has been part of every negotiation that has taken place. he is still an optimist. that is a sign of progress. he has had a long history of being a champion an advocate for the middle class. he has carried that advocacy in the budget negotiations. he was part of the supercommittee, the gang of eight, the gang of six. he has been a fighter for what is right for having a plan that stands true to the values of the american people and the people who voted and waited in line for hours on and to vote. they wanted a fair shake out of washington. as a champion of that fair shake, i am excited to have senator dourban. >> thank you very much for those kind words. it is good to see you. thank you for the center of american progress for the work you do. elections
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 7:00am EST
. these people want to go around saying obama, obama wally is cutting your social security and medicare in your home deductions are really happy. we are not in this for nothing. nobody cares about us because we want to be so proud of president obama. and let him defund social security. the democrats have no intention of ending the debt ceiling now, because they want to give away more democratic priorities. we hostages. when the republicans have not given anything yet, that is what you get here you get your priorities cut. because you did not say a word. so sit back in your house and yelled obama, obama while he takes all of the food out of your mouth. host: let me echo some sentiments your efforts to facee spending resistance. the two senators, the story often notes that this is what they would like to see from the president. they want him to start negotiations at a one-one ratio. putting them in line with many in the parties that want to see a harder line taken by democrats. some advocating going over the fiscal cliff. democratic caller, mary, what do you think? having delivered the cliff and
CSPAN
Nov 23, 2012 7:00am EST
protected from the sequester, answered other things like social security. and it affects medicare in a different way than the other part of the budget. they cannot cut pay under a sequester. what is the more likely scenario affecting pay would be furloughs, in the event as a question goes into affect. it's likely there would be widespread --certain chances federal agencies, people would be asked to take time off without pay. host: a hiring freeze? guest: that could very well happen. a hiring freeze and a slowdown in promotions would be two things that would happen probably relatively quickly in the event the sequester went into affect. host: tricare, the health-care system for military personnel, that would be impacted. guest: that would be subject to the same 9.4% across-the-board cut as the rest of defense. tricare for life, which affects military retirees, that is exempted. it does not mean immediately everybody's premiums would increase, but it does mean providers and insurers would be subject to that cut. that whatever affects on the benefits they provide to the troops. host:
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
is basically the entitlement programs, medicare, medicaid, social security, defense spending as well as interest payments. and discretionary part of our budget, which is everything else, cops, justice department, nuclear facilities, education, etc., is a small part of the budget. now, the question is not so much about now, but in the future and the future, medicare spending and medicaid spending in particular and to a degree social security, but much less, will come to consume almost the entire budget. because of the baby boomer retirement wave as well as because of increasing health care costs. and that's why lawmakers and policymakers are working so hard to try to get the fiscal house in order. host: we're talking about the so-called fiscal cliff talks that are happening here in washington. if you want to follow along we're starting a new web page at c-span.org/fiscalcliff. we will have all the related events that we are covering here at c-span as well as a resource page and a twitter feed that follows those reporters who are following the talks and we're learning today and this we
CSPAN
Nov 22, 2012 6:00am EST
a prescription drug benefits under medicare, that is great, you have to pay for it. you want two wars? you have to pay for them, too. we should understand something about the republican party over the last and years. it has been a big spending party -- it just does not want to pay for any of the spending. a reset of traditional conservatism requires that we be reality-based on the fiscal condition of the country and understand that the years of profligacy now require increased revenue. the notion that we have hundreds of members of congress bound by a pledge to grover norquist as opposed to their oath of office to the constitution -- [applause] is unsettling. we should understand, there is not symmetry between the parties on this question. there is no grover norquist equivalent in the democratic party on this question. it is encouraging to hear speaker boehner and republicans talk about the need to increase revenues. my personal opinion, which is why i am a republican in part, a 40% federal tax rate at the top rate is an awful lot of money to take out of anybody's paycheck. i do not care how mu
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 10:00am EST
that medicare and medicaid are the main drivers of our deficit. and i know we have seen this morning also several editorial writers indicate the same, that it is important that we put these drivers of the deficit on the table and include them as part of any agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. as the speaker said, we have done our part. we have put revenues on the table, something that we didn't do two years ago during the debt ceiling negotiation. we still believe that it is most important for us to address the economic situation in this country where so many people are out of work. and that's why we take the position and believe strongly that increasing marginal rates is income tax rates is not the way to produce growth and to put people back to work. but we have not seen any good faith effort on the part of this administration to talk about the real problem that we're trying to fix. i'm told that mr. bowles, as some of us will meet with him later today, had said earlier this morning that it's been no serious discussion by the white house on entitlements, on medicare and medicaid. this
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 7:00am EST
-- is it true that current revenue only -- interest pays social tree, medicare and medicaid, and the rest is borrowed? guest: it is true that the discretionary part of the budget, everything else, nuclear facilities, the justice department, education, is a small part of the budget. the question is not so much about now, but in the future. in the future, medicare and medicaid spending, into a degree social security, will come to consume the entire budget because of the baby boomer retirement age -- wave and the increasing costs of health care. that is why lawmakers are working hard to get the fiscal house in order. host: we are talking about the so-called fiscal cliff talks happening in washington. if you want to follow along, we are starting a new page c- span.org/fiscalcliff, as well as a twitter feed. we are learning today that there are no face-to-face negotiations. republican leaders and president obama plan to take their arguments to the american people and directly and go on what many are calling a road show. republicans are planning to schedule event with small business owners acro
CSPAN
Nov 24, 2012 6:00am EST
medicare through, and that was the time or the country, even if you disagree with somebody, you wanted government to work. right now, we have -- [applause] i know. we have, and it is both democrats and republicans, independents, everybody, there is this feeling of "gotcha." i know something and i am going to do this and it will hurt you. rather than talking about issues and rather than saying, ok, you want this and i want that, can we not find a middle ground? can we not find a way to agree on things and do what we agree on? and we live in a glory time, and we certainly did not -- the attacking that goes on now, the attacking of the families -- that was pretty much generic. it is not very nice now. and i am glad my husband is out of politics. i would not want to be in there now. i do not envy -- one of the things that susan and i have found, and i have found this with julie and the other presidential children -- i think that we have been there. we know what it is like. to some extent, i think we try to protect each other. we sympathize. at least i have tried not to give advice to other
CSPAN
Nov 24, 2012 2:00pm EST
. and the medicare would be premium support. this would drop from obama's spending plans about $6 trillion over the next decade. puts you on track towards a balanced budget. that is still the republican plan for when they have the house and senate and the presidency, but they did not get the white house or the senate in this election. that option moves off until you have a different president and senate. now we have a divided government. republican house, obama reelected, and a democrat majority in the senate enough republican votes to have -- to filibuster. we got the status quo. obama sometimes talks as if the status quo he got was the 2008 one. he won by several points against a war hero and got 256 democrats led by nancy pelosi in the senate and 60 democrats in the senate -- super majorities in both houses. i and others saw the likelihood the republicans will lose another three or four senate seats. there were no democrats we thought were -- might not come back then you had 2010. the republicans took the house with the rating -- with the reagan republican majority. which is not much more th
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 8:00pm EST
of medicare for everyone under 55 years old. our messages stick no carat. we don't have a forward vision of economic growth, how to create it or sustain it that's in the interest of the middle class and we paid a tremendous penalty for that over the course of this election. so the republican party as a demographic problem. it has a message problem. it has a policy problem which and then in the expect cushion of the campaigns it has a technology program. the obama campaign in 2012 was ten light years ahead from a technology perspective being tible identify voters, target voters, turn out voters. and republican party through this defeat is going to need to go through a cycle of invasion to catch up and pass the democrats in our ability to do that over the next couple of years. what i would say lastly is when you look at the republican party today on issues from gay marriage to immigration to education reform, republicans have always thriveed. we have embraced our small government, limited government and the principles of fed raism which have endured and served the country well for over two
CSPAN
Nov 22, 2012 7:00am EST
with medicare and medicaid. they do not do much oversight. they do not try to track waste, fraud, and abuse. one of the ways that would reform things, when you think about how much money we in theory spend on a family of three or four, i would give cash to that family to make sure that they can first be above the poverty line. but also i would not treat them like a child by saying this little amount you can spend on housing, this little amount -- i would not infantilize poor people on welfare like we do today. host: elizabeth lower-basch? guest: president nixon did propose a lower income tax. host: would you support it? guest: it has a lot of appeal. it really does. guest: the current system really infantilizes people. it says not only are you poor, but we are going to tell you how to live your life. it creates a lot of disincentive to take your life in your own hands and take care of your children in the best way that you see fit. parents are the best to know, even if they need help. guest: i think there is this tension of wanting to let people make choices and recognizing that people may have
CSPAN
Nov 25, 2012 7:00am EST
for health care, i think obama should put them all on medicare. that way the people will not suffer. that is my opinion. let congress handle it. obamacare should not be on the table. i have no problem with us going over the fiscal clef. host: david from union city. good morning. are you with us? ok. dave is turning into the tv rather than the phone call. we will look at the peace study. -- pew study. let's go to marie in alabama, a a democrat. good morning. caller: good morning. can you hear me? i think that the states are already represented through their congresspersons. we do not need to have double representation. host: ok. let's go to springfield, georgia on the independent line. caller: good morning. my comment is there are a number of states that are not paying enough to the federal government. they get a lot more money back. to have these states have more input into the crisis, i think it would be a major mistake. the election has been decided already. obama 1. his referendum should be, it just that, what ever he wants. the states are complaining. they're not paying enough t
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 5:00pm EST
said in a speech today that medicare, medicaid should not be part of the fiscal cliff negotiations. should entitlements not be on the table? >> in the meeting i had with the president and the four leaders, president obama said social security is not what we are going to do on this and i agree with him. there are things that i personally think we can do with entitlements that don't hurt beneficiaries. but i'm not going to negotiate with you simply other than to say that we hope they agree to the tax revenue that we're talking about and that is rate increases and as the president said on a number of occasions, we'll be happy to deal with entitlements. >> the congressional wisdom on a fiscal cliff deal does that include receive news and cuts. you made it clear how you feel on revenues. >> we have already done more than $1 billion worth of cuts, so we need to get credit for that in these negotiations that take place. >> senator durbin said he thinks that president obama won't include a deal [inaudible] >> first of all, the debt ceiling. we would be foolish to work out something on stop
CSPAN
Nov 27, 2012 1:00pm EST
, they're entitled to underemployment, foreclosures, cuts in both social security and medicare. poor and middle-class americans know all about the fiscal cliff. they've been getting pushed off it for years. with an unfair tax system, unconscionable trade deals and the fed's monetary policies. nearly 50 million people are in poverty in america. 12 million unemployed. millions more underemployed. on january 2, millions stand to lose unemployment benefits. 14 million americans' mortgages are greater than the value of their homes. on the rise massive cuts to essential services. will the american austerity replace the american dream? we need to turn back from the fiscal cliff with wealth creation, education, job creation, infrastructure rebuilding, monetary reform, trade reform, protection of social security and medicare. we need a great economic revival, not another great depression. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognize next? mr. poe: i ask permission to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gen
CSPAN
Nov 25, 2012 6:30pm EST
in medicare and social security were cut. it is now time for congress to get back to our vote regularly scheduled programming, and that means jobs. washington has been consumed with the fault and our nation's unemployment problem has been worsening and it is time to move back jobs to the front burner. with this debt reduction package, the debt is now clear for a single-minded focus on jobs in september by removing the threat of default and proving that both parties can come together to get our deficits under control. we have provided certainty in the credit markets. the wrangling over spending should be greatly reduced in coming months. we have a chance to turn away from budget battles and reset the debate. the jobs issue, will have to play second fiddle to the deficit issue anymore, and that is what the american people want. we can put a premium on efforts to create jobs and as democrats, that is our strong suit and are high ground. we welcome this chance to shift the playing field to jobs. >> tomorrow night we will find more from august 2011, news conferences and debates as congress c
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 12:30am EST
're going to spend a lot of time on defense on medicare, medicaid, all whole bunch of issues. >> they were not divisive issues. >> did you see how close florida was? i think they spent some time defending it. important. we aired several ads. i thought he added some youth and energy. they had a base concerns and he helped those. so i am not criticizing the pick i just think there were other -- >> you are. >> i was giving an assessment of the good and bad. >> was the helpful? he gave them excitement. he bought them silence from conservatives. did that help or hurt mitt romney? >> i do not think it did much of be there. here is the truth. we carried his home town. vice-presidential picks usually help you in their state or they add something to the national ticket. you have to ask governor romney. >> besides the automobile in the midwest, at what other regional issues? >> in iowa and colorado, wind energy tax credit. there was an issue that was important in both of those states. obviously models, jobs, the president jobs plan. and i think taxes. we had a fight where you had the president advoc
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 2:00am EST
for medicare, for social security, for medicaid, making sure those investments in our future like education and infrastructure -- finding some of the revenue to do that, which is why we are pushing for the expiration of the bush tax cuts for the wealthy, those over a quarter of a million dollars. >> here are the numbers to call -- sequestration, these scheduled cuts that will take place unless congress and the white house act, would mean an 8.2% cut in most department of education programs. what would it do? guest: let's take a couple of examples. we know early childhood is so important to help repair kits for school. rich folks are able to do this when they put their kids into programs, or have kids at home -- this would cut 100,000 slots of headstart, which means 100,000 fewer kids would 000pre =k programs. -- would have pre-k programs. this would cut hundred thousand slots in terms of medical centers across the country. there are thousands of cuts slated for kids who are in schools that focused on disadvantaged kids. that would mean cuts to music, cut start, cut suit reading programs tha
CSPAN
Nov 26, 2012 12:00pm EST
no benefits in medicare, -- social security, and medicaid were cut. but, it is now time for congress to get back to the regularly- scheduled programming, and that means jobs. washington has been consumed with averting default, the nation's unemployment problem has been worsening. it is time for jobs to be moved back to the front burner. with the debt reduction package completed, we now have a single- minded focus on jobs for september by removing the threat of default for the next 18 months and by proving both parties can come together to get our deficit under control we have provided certainty to the credit markets. the debt limit agreement largely resolve the budgets for the next two years so the wrangling over spending should be greatly reduced in coming months. we now have a chance to give away from rigid put it away from budget battles to jobs. the jobs issue will not have to play second fiddle to the issue anymore, andhis that is what the american people want. now there will put the political premium on efforts to create jobs as democra. as democrats, that is our high ground. we welco
CSPAN
Nov 21, 2012 10:00am EST
payments. those are checks sent out to individuals. another 21% goes to medicaid and medicare. those are payments to retired people and indigent people. that is 40% of federal outlays. what that says it is the personnel compensation is not a major issue that is driving up taxes and driving federal expenses in the united states. the federal -- if people believe that taxes are going up because of the problems of excessive compensation in the public sector, there is no evidence of that. there is controversy about the pensions systems being too expensive. if we increase compensation in the federal sector, it will markedly increased taxation. am i getting -- >> do you thing there is a possibility if you decrease funding in the federal budget you would have an increase of reputation among civil servants? >> if they took pay cuts and things like that ? >> pay cuts for full budgets. that could attract more people. >> the -- a reduction in the federal workforce. we can demonstrate that we're trying to be as efficient as we can, and trying to avoid waste and excesses and that can contribute. i
CSPAN
Nov 22, 2012 10:00am EST
, democrats and republicans, who worked to get medicare through, and that was the time or the country, even if you disagree with somebody, you wanted government to work. right now, we have -- [applause] i know. we have, and it is both democrats and republicans, independents, everybody, there is this feeling of "gotcha." i know something and i am going to do this and it will hurt you. rather than talking about issues and rather than saying, ok, you want this and i want that, can we not find a middle ground? can we not find a way to agree on things and do what we agree on? and we live in a glory time, and we certainly did not -- the attacking that goes on now, the attacking of the families -- that was pretty much generic. it is not very nice now. and i am glad my husband is out of politics. i would not want to be in there now. i do not envy -- one of the things that susan and i have found, and i have found this with julie and the other presidential children -- i think that we have been there. we know what it is like. to some extent, i think we tried to protect each other -- we tried to protec
CSPAN
Nov 28, 2012 1:00pm EST
insurance, medicare, medicaid, supplemental security income for low-income people with disabilities just to top the tip of the iceberg. part of his success in protecting and growing these programs was speaker o'neill's talent in forging political consensus. we have heard that described already. his superb political instincts, and being a pragmatic deal maker which allowed him to take on the day-to-day responsibilities of holding his caucus together while advancing his commitment to liberalism. we have heard the speaker reference speaker o'neill and his popular saying that all politics is local. believe me that was my first advice in coming to this body and it's my advice to this very day that i have taken to heed. he has over -- he had over 50 years of combined public service to both the massachusetts statehouse and our house of representatives. a true public servant in every sense of the word. i'm sure my colleagues will join in a bipartisan round of support for naming of this federal building after come mass p. tip o'neill. i yield back my time to the gentleman from massachusetts, mr.
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